Review | Love & Gelato (Love & Gelato #1) by Jenna Evans Welch

“You know, people come to Italy for all sorts of reasons, but when they sat, it’s for the same two things.”
“Love and gelato.”
4.25/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: gelato, scooters, amazing dresses, old photographs, mansions, delicious italian food, diary entries, statues, night clubs, train rides, monuments, history and cemeteries.

“I made the wrong choice.”

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is go back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires her, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

I liked this more than I thought I would! I have an old dream of visiting Italy, and this book definitely revived that desire within me. I never went there, but I would love to visit all the beautiful cities there and eat all the delicious italian food I can – by the way, just a quick heads up… this book will make you hungry. It’s impossible not to read this and not immediately crave pizza, pasta and gelato! You have been warned!

If you like summery books with some depth, you have to read this book. This book in particular is focused on a trip to Italy, so if you like to read travel books, this is another reason why you should pick this up. According to the author, this story was inspired by her own time spent in Italy. And let me tell you: her love for that trip shows in the story. Her experience really brought this book to life and made the story more credible. I’m also glad Jenna Evans Welch incorporated real history and fun facts about the architecture, statues and monuments. You’ll have fun, but you will also learn some new things about the italian history.

I personally liked all the characters in this, with no exception. There was something about these characters that made them realistic. Maybe it’s because of the relationships and interactions between the characters, or maybe it’s because of how well the author captured the essence of italian mannerisms and strong opinions. Whatever it was, it was well made and made a huge difference in my experience as a reader!

Surprisingly, the romance wasn’t the highlight of the book, but I still really liked it for what it was. It was a very cute and sweet summer romance that developed slowly. It was, in my humble opinion, a very good representation of a friends-to-lovers relationship!

I think people go into this book thinking this a very lighthearted read, but the story has some depth to it. I admit I wasn’t expecting it to be this way, but I was happy with how it turned out. Most beach reads don’t have strong plots, and this is an exception to the rule. I wasn’t counting on reading the entire series before I read this book, but now I’m curious! I don’t even know if it follows the main characters, but I’ll definitely check it out. If you’re looking for a fun book with a traveling theme for the summer, look no further. This is the perfect book for you!


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